At Pediatrics Northwest, we recognize the importance of being a safe, honoring, and inclusive place for all patients, families, and employees. We know that LGBTQ+ youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is critical for healthcare workers, parents, guardians, and other family members to have access to the resources they need to ensure LGBTQ+ children are protected and supported. In fact, a supportive family environment is the number one predictor of positive outcomes for LGBTQ+ youth.
The following resources can be used to spark discussion and help parents and caregivers better understand their influence, along with how to create a safe environment for children in your care.
- Parents’ Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know (cdc.gov)
- Talking to Young Children about Pride Month – Children’s Library Lady (childrenslibrarylady.com)
- Coming Out: Information for Parents of LGBTQ Teens – HealthyChildren.org
- LGBTQ Youth Resources | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health | CDC